Best bike for Iron Butt rides

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by craigincali, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. craigincali

    craigincali Just hanging around

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    I recently did an Iron Butt Saddle Sore ride on my Yamaha Super Tenere, my buddy was on his Africa Twin. There were a lot of Harleys there, more than any other brand of bike. 2 BMWs, which surprised me, I thought there would be a lot more. A few Honda STs. I talked to a lot of people and each had their own thoughts about their bike of choice. Seemed that all the Gold Wing guys replaced their passenger seat with an extra fuel tank, all the Harley guys looked to be stock and there was a guy on the Honda Blackbird with 11.3 gallons on board.....:loco

    Anyway, I loved the ride and want to do a lot more of them. Obviously the ST isnt the best bike for the job, so my question. what bike do you think would be best?
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  2. shoeb

    shoeb Been here awhile

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    I guess the one you personally feel most comfortable on. In fact, that could well be the Ten!
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  3. drbuzzard

    drbuzzard Been here awhile

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    when i di the lower great lakes IBA ride I was on my 1500 wing but there was a guy on a klr 650 and another on a burgman 400 scooter.. I've done two rides on the wing and two on the mighty ST 1300 so I guess it's what you are comfortable riding
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    HarveyM Been here awhile

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    w33b8t1 Been here awhile

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    I think people don't give much credit to a good potion of the Harley riders that actually ride. A lot of models are very good mile machines within all the big cruiser brands.

    I just sold a bagger though and bought a Tenere. As said, it's what you like.
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  6. Holytown

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    I plan on doing a bun burner on my street glide this summer with a buddy, who's also on a street glide. After you put highway pegs on them (also thinking about a rider back rest for this particular ride) They're probably the most comfortable bike next to a K series BMW or the all mighty comfort king the Goldwing. Honestly, If I had to pick, I'd say the Goldwing would be the hands down most comfortable motorcycle I've ever ridden. Personally, I have nothing against them. I like all bikes, to each his own and if I could I'd have one of everything. I just like the looks of my Harley better.
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  7. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    You need a bike YOU can sit on/in all day long. It also helps if it's reliable.

    Yes, Goldwings are generally very comfortable bikes. But it has to fit you. Your butt, your ergo.
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  8. rider33

    rider33 Long timer

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    any bike can do it as witnessed by the IB standings of the last several years. The Harley thing likely reflects their market share, a lot more of them so they tend to be over represented. Also keep in mind Harley's real money is made in the FL line which at their core are touring bikes. I've ridden very long distances on a variety of bikes including Sport touring, Adventure, and Harely's (but strangely not Wing's- never could get past the fuel door and the warning chime when a saddle bag is open) here would be my take: any bike can do it but some make that a whole lot easier. For distance you need comfort, range and reliability. Range can be fixed via aux tanks. Comfort tends to favor heavy bikes with good wind management. Realiablity you either have or you don't, that has to be built in. Big adventure bikes are good distance bikes but not great, what you gain in off-road flexibility you loose in on road comfort. Since I spend a lot more time in long distance travel than I do off road, I recently went back to a dedicated touring mount (Road King). It's no where near as good on gravel as the S10 was but its a lot more comfortable at 85 MPH. Now I leave dirt to the DR.
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  9. Oilhed

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    I'm partial to BMWs and many people crunch miles all day on RTs & GTLs. But I would guess a ST1300 or FJR1300 are probably best without mods except maybe a Russell seat.
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  10. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Good chance of actual saddle sores, very authentic!
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  11. kflan22

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    Congrats on completing the ride!

    "Best" bike IMO is a bike set up the way you want it. If pressed I'd say a sport tourer: ST13, FJR, ST11, Connie, RT, etc. My choice was the ST13 for price and availability in my area and I couldn't be happier.

    Having said that, I don't think your current ride isn't giving up much, if any, to these bikes. An ADV bike set up the way you want is just as capable as a full-on Sport Tourer.
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  12. sperz1

    sperz1 Lame Adventurer

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    The drivers back rest makes a big difference for long rides IMO. A must have for my road glide.
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    Five years ago it would have been a R1200GSA for me, now it's a Road Glide Ultra. Best is pretty much relative to each individual I reckon.


    Have never liked a back rest on the rider's seat for some reason. That said I had to strap my cooler to the rear seat of the Road glide Ultra on the last long trip to keep from using the tour pack as a back rest with the cruise set. :D
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  14. matbaugh

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    I have a Super Tenere now, but in the past have owned the following: BMW R1100RT, BMW R1150RT, BMW K1200RS/GT, Honda ST1100. And the Supertenere is absolutely as comfortable or more comfortable than any of those bikes. I think the upright tourers are a brilliant idea--great suspension, seating position, ability to carry lots of luggage, etc. It's hard for me to justify another bike, as I've been lusting after another dedication ST bike (sport touring)--but I'm sure I can get over that challenge.
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  15. Holytown

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    This is something I would do:imaposer
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  16. dduelin

    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    SS1000s are pretty easy bike wise as long as the rider is up to it......the running average for a 1000 miles in 18 hours is only 56 mph. This allows those bikes with limited tank range because there is so much extra time for gas stops. The next level of rides requires riding longer legs and stopping less to keep the average high enough. 1500 in 22 requires a 68 mph running average. This begins to favor comfortable bikes that carry 250-300 miles of tank while at 80 mph.

    I've done SS1000s on bikes as disparate as the NC700X, Tiger 800, and ST1300. 1500/21.5 was easy on the 1300, 1500/<24 on the NC needs an auxiliary tank to make 250 a leg@80 but with a few ergo mods it was very comfortable.
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  17. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    I was going to say versys 650/1000 or the s10. Adjust that s10 to fit you and its damn near perfect for whipping off miles in super comfort. There is no better seating position for long days than a touring/adv bike. having a Harley couch is ok, but you cannot stand up to stretch or anything on them...so that cuts the crusier crowd for me. I look at them more as 1hr riding, get off and stretch, where as on my versys and KLR I could ride for hours and just stand up every so often to re adjust etc. Add a russel day long seat to the s10 and it think it would be magic for iron butt!
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  18. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Victory's worked for me. 21 IBA rides on the Victory's (16 on the Vision). Achieved the Silver and Gold Mile Eater while ridding the Victory's.
    Completed 3 on the Honda CTX1300, planning a few more.
    I also completed a SS5000 during the 49 state ride and a BBG1500 during the SS2000 Gold.

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  19. Holytown

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    You sir are the winner!!! :beer:beer:beer
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  20. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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